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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Murray Smith Ross (1879-1943)

Lawyer, soldier.

Born at Fisher River, Manitoba on 6 October 1880, son of the Reverend A. W. Ross and Sarah McCormick, he came to Manitoba in 1902 and was educated at Portage la Prairie Collegiate and the University of Manitoba. He served with the Strathcona Horse during the Boer War in South Africa, from 1900 to 1901. He later served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1st C.M.R’s, Fort Garry Horse and on the Imperial General Staff, from 1914 to 1919. He articled in law with W. J. James at Portage la Prairie and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1905, after which he began practicing law in Winnipeg. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1929.

On 2 March 1909, he married Edna Redfern of Montreal. They had no children. He was a member of the United Service Club, Southwood Golf Club, St. Charles Country Club, Adanac Club, Western Canadian Military Institute, Canadian Club, Winnipeg Rowing Club, the Masons (Assiniboine Lodge), and the Anglican Church. He enjoyed golf, hunting, rowing and reading.

He died at Winnipeg on 27 December 1943.

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Major A. M. S. Ross, K.C., Winnipeg lawyer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 145]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 September 2014

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